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KPD: Man charged with DUI after crashing Jeep into Knoxville Fire Department museum downtown

The man told officers he had "approximately five shots of Crown Royal" before the crash, according to his arrest report.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Update (5/9): The Knoxville Police Department said a man driving under the influence crashed into the Knoxville Fire Department museum early Sunday morning.

Devon Oneal, 29, has been charged with a first offense of driving under the influence. 

The fire department said Oneal's Jeep went off the road at West Summit Hill Avenue and crashed through the museum right before 2 a.m. Sunday.

The museum is located in the front yard of the KFD headquarters station downtown. It's a mostly glass building encasing Steamer Engine Sam B. Boyd.

That engine is named after a former KFD fire chief who died of a heart attack while responding to a fire.

KFD said Oneal was not injured in the crash, and Steamer Engine Sam was not damaged, but the museum building itself suffered major damage.

Police said Oneal tried to walk away from officers when they helped him out of the Jeep, saying he smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Oneal told officers he had "approximately five shots of Crown Royal" and said he drank it in a parking lot, according to his arrest report. According to police, Oneal said he was coming from the East Tennessee Children's Hospital and was driving to his grandfather's house when he crashed.

Oneal has a bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the DUI charge.

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